Taking the black belt test at Innovative Martial Arts Academy

” it’s the best, and worst, day of your life.” Sensei Charles

March 19th, 2016

On March 19th, 2016, I was walking into Innovative Martial Arts Academy for something I’ve spent years preparing for, my black belt test. I knew all the material, had all the practice, but my nerves were shot nonetheless.

black belt test requirements are not shared

As a dojo rule, we do not share details of what the test required, but it was complete physically demanding and knowledge exam. In the words of Sensei Charles, it’s the best, and worst, day of my life.

Hours of testing – Huge Reward

After hours of testing, I had finally earned my black belt, even broke an inch-thick wooden board with my name on it. I had never felt such a thrill, although I was too exhausted to show it. I had something that I could look at and say, “I earned this, I did that, it was my hard work that got me here,” and I could find pride in that. And I do take pride in not only the accomplishment, but the work to earn it.

Those that Earn Black Belts share a common respect

The people I tested with have all moved on, but we all found a certain respect for each other, going through that experience together, a sort of brother and sisterhood. When I walked back out with my black belt around my waist, I had a new perspective on the world, approaching situations with more confidence than I ever had before, more bravery, and it felt powerful, all feelings I still hold to this day.

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William D.
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This place is great! Charles and his team have fantastic programs for kids. When we started our 3.5 year old son, I didn’t know what to expect. He quickly adapted to the classes and now loves going. Our 2 year old son loves watching and will start as well as soon as he turns 3. Innovative Martial arts also hosted their birthday parties. The kids had a blast doing different activities throughout the birthday party. Can’t say enough good things about this place, and what they teach!
Tara H.
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Innovative Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) is the best place to take martial arts. Charles Falk, the owner, and his staff do a great job teaching martial arts to the students and teaching each student to be confident and disciplined. My son has been with IMAA for eight years - he has earned one black belt and is working on his second.
Niko F.
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Not only are the staff amazing, but there is a mix of fun and learning in the curriculum. My 5 year old daughter absolutely loves this school. She has learned respect and many other aspects making her more focused and well behaved. I definitely recommend this school for you or your child.
Janice P.
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Great school with wonderful teachers. My daughter has a great time learning and everyone is friendly. There is even an adult class that allowed me to try to see if I liked it and everyone was very patient with me. I am thankful to have my daughter be a part of the Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest and know she is benefiting from it in more than one way. It amazes me how fast she is learning and how hard she is trying. They have her trying to develop at her fullest with her mind, body, and spirit. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in martial arts.
Kristi F.
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Wonderful place for not only skill development but also personal development. Owner and instructors genuinely get to know students and families and care about them. The lessons learned will provide character growth as well as martial art skills. The owner is also a long time student of many different martial arts, he didn't just buy a franchise, and tries very hard to live what he teaches the students. Proud to have been in this dojo family for 6+ years and proud of the friendships we have made there!

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